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Navigation Road low traffic neighbourhood trial to begin

Published Monday, 20 September 2021

Following consultation of residents and businesses earlier this year, City of York Council have announced plans to implement a low traffic neighbourhood scheme in the Navigation Road area.

The council will soon be carrying out a programme of work to improve the safety for residents and road users in the area, following a consultation which raised concerns about road safety and through-traffic in the local area.

The trial will include the following changes:

  • reduction of through-traffic from the city centre by introducing a short south-bound section of one-way road between Rosemary Place and Rowntree Wharf. The section will run between 2 segregated cycle lanes in both directions. Traffic leaving the city centre must exit via Walmgate Bar rather than through the residential area, a diversion of only 60 metres
  • improved safety and visibility for pedestrians and cyclists at either end of Hungate Bridge and around Rowntree Wharf car park
  • improved connections for the city’s north-south cycle route

Find out more about the Navigation Road low traffic neighbourhood trial.

Construction of the scheme will commence Monday 4 October and is planned to be completed in 5 days. Hours of working will be 8.00am to 4.00pm, Monday to Friday.

During the construction, there will be no access to the section of road between Rosemary Place and Rowntree Wharf. Diversions and road closure will be signposted with access for residents and pedestrians maintained where possible.

Following the completion of the works, the low traffic neighbourhood trial period will last for a minimum of 6 months, and can continue as an experiment for up to 18 months. An evaluation of the scheme will then be brought to the Executive Member for Transport for consideration to make the scheme permanent.

Cllr Andy D’Agorne, Deputy Leader and Executive Member for Transport, said;

Road safety is paramount if we want to encourage more residents and commuters to get around York sustainably.

"We have heard the concerns of road users and residents in the Navigation Road area and this low traffic neighbourhood scheme will help address and alleviate some of the issues raised through the consultation process earlier this year.

“I am pleased to see the benefits this scheme will bring to safety for pedestrians and cyclist travelling to and through the area including increased visibility at junctions, segregated lanes in both directions and the benefit of reduced through-traffic on the road. I look forward to hearing residents’ feedback throughout the trial.”

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the scheme, please contact a member of the design team by email: navigationroad.improvements@york.gov.uk.